The safest way to buy a car out-of-state

Pay online with your bank account and we'll pay your seller when they hand over the keys.

Guaranteed clear title

$99 flat fee

Search KeySavvy for the vehicle you want to buy:

Sign up and tell your seller you want to pay online with KeySavvy:

How does it work?

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Verify your identity

Both you and your seller verify their identity with KeySavvy. We also verify title and registration to guarantee a worry-free transfer of ownership.

Pay online

Link your bank account and pay online. We can provide a temporary permit so it's legal to drive right away. Wire transfers, Zelle, and credit cards are also accepted.

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Exchange keys

Get the vehicle shipped or meet in-person and make it a road trip. For shipped vehicles, your seller will mail the title to us and we'll check it for errors before forwarding it to you.

Seller gets paid

Once you or the shipper picks up the vehicle and we've received the title, KeySavvy pays your seller via direct deposit (ACH). If the seller has a loan, we'll pay the lender so that we receive the title.

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Low, flat fees

Buyers
$99 transaction fee

Sellers
$99 transaction fee

Buyers and sellers can split fees equally, or have one party pay all fees. Our fee is paid when the transaction completes -- we never charge a cancellation fee.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Buyers and sellers each pay a fee of $99. If the vehicle has a loan, KeySavvy charges an additional $99 to pay off the loan as part of the sale.

Buyers and sellers can split fees equally, or have one party pay all fees. Our fee is paid when the transaction completes -- we never charge a cancellation fee.

KeySavvy processes transactions as a dealer by buying the vehicle from the seller and selling it to the buyer. This process enables us to verify titles, issue temporary permits and access DMV data that would otherwise be inaccessible.

To process the transaction as a dealer, we need to receive the title from the seller or their lienholder. If the seller has their title, we'll provide detailed instructions for signing and mailing it to KeySavvy. Upon receipt, we'll reassign it to the buyer and ship it with tracking to the buyer's mailing address.

If the seller has a loan and doesn't have their title, we'll mail the seller a power of attorney form and a return envelope. This allows us to sign the title on their behalf when we receive it from the lienholder.

If the vehicle is being shipped, we'll pay the seller when the shipper picks it up, as long as we've already received their title. If the seller has a loan and doesn't have their title, we'll pay the lienholder and any positive equity to the seller when the vehicle is picked up.

We require sellers to upload a picture or PDF of the signed bill of lading to confirm the vehicle was picked up. A bill of lading is a fairly standard document that all vehicle transporters should provide and have signed by the seller when picking up the vehicle.

KeySavvy does not make any guarantees regarding the condition of the vehicle and third-party inspections are highly recommended. Read our blog article about pre-purchase inspections to learn more.

You can use any transporter to ship your vehicle. A few popular options include RunBuggy, Montway, Preowned Auto Logistics, and Reliable Carriers (enclosed trailer).

Regardless of which shipper you choose, make sure they are licensed, bonded, and insured. It's best to select a well-rated, reputable company instead of simply going for the cheapest quote. Keep in mind that once your vehicle is picked up, the sale becomes final, so you want your vehicle to be in good hands.

Yes, KeySavvy enables you to purchase a vehicle when the seller still has a loan or lien.

In a typical private party sale, the seller can't transfer ownership to you without first paying off their loan. Paying a seller with cash or a cashier's check and not receiving the title right away is risky for buyers. Because KeySavvy is a licensed dealer, we can handle the loan payoff and sale as part of the purchase process, and issue a temporary permit that allows you to legally drive the car right away.

How to sell a financed car with KeySavvy

Similar to escrow services like Escrow.com, KeySavvy collects payment from the buyer and pays the seller when the buyer picks up the vehicle. However, KeySavvy is specifically designed for vehicle sales. Since we're a licensed dealer, we can verify the seller's ownership to protect buyers from title fraud, work with banks to pay off the seller's loan, and issue temporary permits so it's legal to drive the vehicle immediately.

KeySavvy is also able to verify most ACH payments immediately, even on nights and weekends, whereas Escrow.com only supports wire transfers for vehicle purchases.

Unlike payment apps like PayPal and Cash App, KeySavvy verifies the buyer's identity and the seller's ownership of the vehicle. We guarantee buyers receive a clear title and sellers get paid. In contrast, PayPal explicitly excludes vehicles from purchase protection.

Other peer-to-peer payment services are primarily intended for smaller transactions between friends and family. They have limits that are much lower than a typical vehicle sale price. KeySavvy has no transaction limit and guides buyers and sellers through the process, including help with all the necessary paperwork and title transfer. As a licensed dealer, we have access to data that enables more thorough verification and helpful services like temporary operating permits.

Yes, in order to register your vehicle, you will need to pay taxes and registration fees to your state. KeySavvy doesn't collect taxes and fees when you pay for your vehicle, except for Minnesota residents. For all other states, you'll pay taxes and fees when registering the vehicle at your local DMV. Some states exempt certain private party sales from tax and we'll notify you if we see you'll pay more in taxes as a result of us processing your transaction as a dealer.

If you're a Minnesota resident, KeySavvy will register the vehicle for you. We'll reach out to collect additional information, such as a picture of your insurance card and your preference for license plates.

Yes, your payment is refundable (including our fee) until you pick up the vehicle from the seller or until it's picked up by a vehicle shipper. It can take up to 3 business days for refunds to be received after a transaction is canceled.

Yes, KeySavvy supports cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers, RVs, snowmobiles, and ATVs! As long as the vehicle is titled or registered in the United States, we can verify the seller's identity, check for loans and liens, and allow buyers to pay online. When buyers pay with KeySavvy, we guarantee buyers will receive a clear title and sellers will get paid.

We don't support buying or selling boats at this time.

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